Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Sons

eBook - 2011
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From the internationally celebrated author of The Master , winner of the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Mothers and Sons is a deeply penetrating and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. Each of the nine stories focuses on a moment in which an unspoken balance shifts; in which a mother or son do battle, or experience a sudden crisis, thus leaving their conception of who they are subtly or seriously altered.

A son buries his mother and goes out to a drug-fuelled rave on a remote beach near Dublin. A mother sings about treacherous love to a rapt crowd of musicians in a local pub. And in "A Long Winter," Colm Tóibín's finest piece of fiction to date, a man goes searching for his mother in the snow-covered Pyrenees.

Psychologically intricate and emotionally incisive, each finely wrought story teases out the delicate and difficult strands woven between mothers and sons. This is an acute, masterful, and moving collection that confirms Tóibín as a great prose stylist of our time.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Emblem Editions, 2011
ISBN: 9781551995748
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Nov 13, 2015

This collection of short stories is about critical events in relationships. The stories do not have a finality about them, so it was interesting to ponder what might happen next in the characters' lives. There are some shocking stories and there are some sad stories. In two of the stories he writes about abuse by the clergy. I thought A Long Winter was the best story. It is about a young man's search for his mother in The Pyrenees after she fled from his controlling father. This story was powerfully moving, compelling and suspenseful. His careful details make the family drama and the atmosphere in the small Catalonian village seem so real. Nothing is superfluous. It reads more like truth than fiction. This author is exceptionally gifted.

Jun 12, 2014

An excellent collection of nine short stories, all about mother and son relationships.

Feb 16, 2011

This writer takes you into his characters souls... his ability to capture and draw you into the time, place etc allows the reader absolute immursion into the world he has created...

Dec 18, 2008

This examination of different mother-son relationships - some intimate, some estranged, some just strange - is movingly rendered in language that is simultaneously rich and plain-spoken. This is an absorbing read that I think would touch everyone in some way, even if you aren't a mother or a son.

Nov 19, 2007

I don't generally read short stories, but these were all thought provoking. I took a few days between stories to fully reflect upon them. There were homosexual overtones to some stories.

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